It's up to all of us in DC to take on HIV. You can be an advocate for your community by learning about the HIV resources available to your community and sharing that information with others.To get started, check out the information on your community below:
You’ve heard the popular saying, there might be snow on the roof but there is still fire in the furnace! That’s the attitude that you and older adults all over DC have. Let’s be real: you are living longer and no one is sitting still. One important part is having a satisfying sex life. You have earned it!
While your sex life is your personal business, you still have to make sure you know everything about having sex in today’s world.Things have changed since you were young.
Whether you just date occasionally, have multiple partners or are in a committed relationship, you need to know more about ways to protect yourself. You don’t have to think about making babies, but there are other things, like HIV, you need to know about.
For information on safe sex, HIV testing and free condoms, contact the DC Office on Aging at (202) 724-5622 or (202) 724-5626,TTY: (202) 724-8925 or visit www.RubberRevolutionDC.com.
Being in a relationship isn’t always easy, but three questions can help you Know Where You Stand and protect your and your partner’s health:
Do We Know Our HIV Status?– In other words, have you both been tested, and do you know the results? When you visit your doctor next time, Ask for the Test.
Is It Just the Two of Us? – Know whether your relationship involves just the two of you. If it is more than just you two, then using condoms will keep everyone safe.
Do We Use Condoms? – Condoms are the most effective way to block HIV and STDs if you are sexually active. If you don’t know your partner’s status or if there are more than just the two of you in the relationship, then condoms will work to keep you HIV free.
As a young adult, you may have a lot of questions about condoms and STDs. Fortunately, there are Wrap MC condom experts at schools around the city who have been trained to answer these questions and assist you with the resources you need. Wrap MC condom experts are trained staff members, other than your school nurse, who have been provided with accurate on up-to-date information on condoms and their use. Feel free to ask your Wrap MC all of your condom and STD questions. And don’t forget to tell your friends!
To find your school’s Wrap MC and to learn more about the Wrap MC program, visit wrapmc.com.
Don’t see a Wrap MC at your school? If you know of a staff member at your school who would be a great Wrap MC,or you’d like to become a certified to promote condom use among your peers, email Mariel.Cedeno@dc.gov or call 202-671-4995.
It's important for gay and bisexual men to get tested for HIV twice a year. Regular testing ensures that you know your status so that you can protect yourself and your intimate partners from HIV. Click here to learn more about HIV testing sites throughout the city.